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The Sweetest Time Of The Year Is Here!

Hey, are you up for an adventure?  Skip the Waffle House next weekend and come to the Battenkill Valley for Maple Sugar Weekend - March 16-18 and 23-25 - and enjoy a pancake breakfast at any number of maple sugar producers.  (You'll find them at  Here is your excuse for touring through the you'll-never-forget-it beautiful Battenkill countryside, exploring back lanes, soaking in views...marinating in Springtime!  You'll taste maple syrup the way it's supposed to taste: fresh and served warm.  You'll learn all about maple syrup varieties (there are several, you know).  And you'll have as much fun as this child is having, guaranteed.   

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Al Budde

40 minutes East of Saratoga and a world away; the Battenkill Valley is a Cornucopia of Cool. No Interstates. No noise. No hurry. Called "The Tuscany of New York", the region abounds in farm-crafted cheeses, creameries, heirloom vegetables and specialty meats you can buy right off the farm. Art galleries that will amaze you. Scenery that will inspire you. And through it all runs the Battenkill River, an astonishingly clear and gentle water playground that also happens to be the toughest trout fishery in the U.S.A Like touring? There's a reason the largest pro-am bike race in America happens here. And don't get me started on the Revolutionary war history, or the “you won't believe what I found: antiques and shops.

AL BUDDE has a lot of interests in fly fishing, playwriting, canoeing (and tubing), history, shopping, dining, friendships and he counts himself among the fortunate few who have found a place where all of those things collide: The Battenkill Valley. He knows (almost) everyone here, and will be your personal guide to all of those hidden places, activities, sights and scenery it would take you years to discover on your own. Discover the Battenkill Valley. Have fun. Make new discoveries. Renew your soul. And start here!


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